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Old 05-05-2004, 06:08   #1 (permalink)
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confused rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

We currently have an EB Fairmont Ghia, 5.0 Lt, last monday, 3rd went in the auto, we have gotten a quote of approx 2 - 3K to replace with another recoed trans, but we have also been told that we would be beta off finding an EB V8 with a manual or auto in it that has been written off, and I am sure that most of u guys/gals out there know exactly how hard that is.
What I am really wanting to know is, would it be cheaper to convert to a manual or just buy another auto trans for the EB?

We are sorta on a tight budget atm, as we just got the gearbox in the lux replaced...( 2 1/2Ks worth).

I am situated in country Vic if any1 can point me in the right direction or has any suggestions, it would be much appreciated.

We both miss driving a manual, but I currently have diffuculty with a manual if it isnt easy to get into gear.

This car is currently for sale as well, but we are wanting to fix/replace/convert the existing transmission atm, as the price seems to scare a lot of ppl off from buying it or looking at it.

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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

If you are looking at selling the car I would be going to the wreckers for a second hand unit. Ones here usually sell for around $500-$600 mark.
Would be cheapest easiest solution for mine
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

may as well go manual! its a V8 why wouldnt you?
2-3k for another box is just crap. go to the wreckers. since your not keeping the car, whats it matter?
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

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we have gotten a quote of approx 2 - 3K to replace with another recoed trans,

$1800 tops for a reco Auto trans... dont pay any more
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

the quote I was given was for labour as well,a s we are far too busy to do it ourselves..... asn as for going for the cheap alternative..( a box/trans from the wreckers), we are not sure how long will have the car for, and we are not wanting to be replacing the box in another 2 or 3 months time if it breaks again, might as well get a new/recoed one now, that way it will last longer.....

The EB has been up for sale for approx 3 months now, and we have only had 2 enquiries about it, (comming fomr yet another holdne town, I didnt expect much else), and these 2 ppl have both been scared off because of the price we have put on it, (we're not in no hurry to sell it).


Thanks for the advice guys, keep it commin!
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

1800 should include removal and install. A good place should have the trans out in under 1/2hr
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

We paid $1900 for a full reco on the wife's NC transmission. Has made it run a lot better.

Finding a wrecked V8 is rather difficult.
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

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$1800 tops for a reco Auto trans... dont pay any more


$1800 should be drive in drive out with some sort of warranty.

I went through this same problem with my 5L, here is the thread... I hope it helps you with the decision.

My auto problems, HELP with my dilemma!
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Re: rebuild the auto, or convert to manual???

If you are going the Manual will need to change the pedal cradle,possibly computer dramas as well. Wreckers here give 3 months warranty on motors/trans so shouldnt be a huge drama. Would love to have auto shops like some here was quoted $2700 to reco a 4spd auto from anEA cpl months ago. Either that or wouldnt like as if price here is right some are taking short cuts to be that much cheaper.
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